Cole David Aldrich (born October 31, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Tianjin Golden Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He previously played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves. He played three seasons of college basketball for the University of Kansas before being drafted by the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) with the 11th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft.
Cole Aldrich with the Oklahoma City Thunder in February 2011
|No. 45 – Tianjin Gold Lions|
|League||Chinese Basketball Association|
|Born||October 31, 1988|
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||253 lb (115 kg)|
|High school||Bloomington Jefferson|
|NBA draft||2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall|
|Selected by the New Orleans Hornets|
|2010–2012||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2013–2015||New York Knicks|
|2015–2016||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2018–present||Tianjin Gold Lions|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Cole David Aldrich was born on October 31, 1988, in Burnsville, Minnesota. He attended Bloomington Jefferson High School in Bloomington, Minnesota. As a senior, he was named state player of the year by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
During the 2007–08 season at Kansas, Aldrich's freshman season, his playing time was limited due to playing behind future NBA draft picks Darrell Arthur, Sasha Kaun, and Darnell Jackson. He averaged three rebounds and 2.8 points a game on 8.3 minutes a game during the regular season. Statistically, Aldrich's best performance was an 11-point, 11-rebound outing in a win over Texas Tech on March 3, 2008. Probably the most crucial game for Aldrich was during the Final Four game between Kansas and North Carolina on April 5, 2008, when he played only 16 minutes but managed to grab 8 rebounds and score 7 points along with blocking 4 shots while also playing effective defense against National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough, helping lead Kansas into the NCAA national championship game. They then defeated the Memphis Tigers to win their first Championship since 1988.
With the departure of the other Jayhawk big men to the NBA draft, Aldrich became the premier big-man going into his sophomore season. Through the first 29 games, he averaged a double-double with 15.1 points and 10.8 rebounds in 29.7 minutes of play. He grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds in an 87–78 win over Oklahoma on February 23, 2009,. On March 8, 2009, Aldrich was named to the 2008–09 Big 12 All-conference first team.
On March 22, 2009 Aldrich recorded the first official triple-double in the history of Kansas basketball against Dayton in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Aldrich accumulated 13 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 blocks in a 60–43 victory, which was the second triple double in NCAA history to include blocks, former LSU center Shaquille O'Neal recorded the other. On Monday, April 13, Aldrich announced that he would return to KU for his Junior season.
He won the 2009–10 men's college basketball Academic All-American of the Year as selected by CoSIDA and presented by ESPN the Magazine. He ended his college career a perfect 55–0 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Oklahoma City Thunder (2010–2012)Edit
On March 29, 2010, Aldrich announced that he would forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2010 NBA draft. He was the 11th pick, selected by the New Orleans Hornets, who traded his rights on draft day to the Oklahoma City Thunder. On August 6, 2010, Aldrich signed a two-year contract with the Thunder with a two-year option.
On November 24, 2010, the Thunder assigned Aldrich to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League. He was recalled on December 6, 2010, but sent back to Tulsa on December 30, 2010. He was again recalled on February 2, 2011, and assigned for a third time on March 30, 2011. Aldrich reached the 2012 NBA Finals with the Thunder, but the team lost to the Miami Heat.
Houston Rockets (2012–2013)Edit
Sacramento Kings (2013)Edit
New York Knicks (2013–2015)Edit
On September 24, 2013, Aldrich signed with the New York Knicks. On January 29, 2014, he was assigned to the Erie BayHawks. He was recalled the next day. He went on to record his first double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) in his first NBA start on March 12, 2014.
Los Angeles Clippers (2015–2016)Edit
On July 13, 2015, Aldrich signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. On January 13, 2016, with starting center DeAndre Jordan out, Aldrich had a then season-best game with 19 points and 7 rebounds in a 104–90 win over the Miami Heat. On April 8, 2016, he recorded 21 points and 18 rebounds (both season highs) and a career-high five steals in a 102–99 overtime win over the Utah Jazz.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2016–2018)Edit
On June 30, 2018, Aldrich was waived by the Timberwolves.
Tianjin Golden Lions (2018–present)Edit
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "Online Home of Cole Aldrich". Retrieved February 1, 2011.
- Cole Aldrich Recruiting Profile Retrieved January 28, 2015.
- "Cole Aldrich Kansas Jayhawks Game Log (2007–08)". ESPN. 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2009.
- "North Carolina battles back, but Rush, Kansas close out Tar Heels". ESPN. April 6, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2009.
- "Taylor, Collins score 26 each as Jayhawks hand Sooners second straight loss". ESPN. February 24, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2009.
- Bedore, Gary (March 8, 2009). "Jayhawks well-represented on coaches' Big 12 teams". Lawrence Journal-World. The World Company. Retrieved March 9, 2009.
- "Aldrich's 13 points, 20 boards, 10 blocked shots lead KU to Sweet 16". ESPN. Associated Press. March 22, 2009. Retrieved March 23, 2009.
- "Junior center Cole Aldrich of Kansas, Thomas More senior guard Daniel McKeehan lead ESPN the Magazine's Academic All-America Men's Basketball Teams". CoSIDA. February 22, 2010. Archived from the original on February 26, 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
- "Cole Aldrich signs with Thunder". Associated Press. August 6, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2010.
- "Thunder Assign Aldrich To Tulsa 66ers". Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2010.
- "Thunder Recall Aldrich From D-League". Archived from the original on December 19, 2010. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
- "Thunder Assign Aldrich To D-League". December 30, 2010. Archived from the original on January 2, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
- "Most Popular E-mail Newsletter". USA Today. March 30, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- "Thunder Acquires Martin, Lamb and Multiple Draft Picks from Rockets". Retrieved October 28, 2012.
- "Kings Complete Multiplayer Trade". NBA.com. February 20, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
- "New York Knicks sign center Cole Aldrich". Archived from the original on September 25, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
- Knicks assign Cole Aldrich, Toure Murry, Jeremy Tyler to D-League Retrieved January 29, 2014.
- "Cole Aldrich, nearly four years after being drafted in lottery, gets double-double in first career start". NBC Sports. March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
- "Knicks Re-Sign Cole Adrich". July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- "Knicks hold off Magic, teams set NBA scoring low for quarter". NBA.com. April 11, 2015.
- "Clippers Sign Austin Rivers and Cole Aldrich". NBA.com. July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
- "Clippers win 10th straight, beat Heat 104-90 without Jordan". NBA.com. January 13, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
- "Crawford scores 30, including winner to lead Clippers". NBA.com. April 8, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
- "TIMBERWOLVES SIGN CENTER COLE ALDRICH". NBA.com. July 13, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
- "Cole Aldrich agrees to 3-year, $22 million contract with Timberwolves". SBNation.com. July 3, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
- "Timberwolves waive center Cole Aldrich". ESPN.com. June 30, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
- "Atlanta Hawks Sign Cole Aldrich". NBA.com. September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
- "Atlanta Hawks Request Waivers on Cole Aldrich". NBA.com. 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
- "Cole Aldrich officially signs with Tianjin Gold Lions". Sportando. Retrieved October 10, 2018.